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If You Want A Purist Mazda MX-5, This Is It

Higher performance and better looks? Sign us up.

Just in time for the New York Auto Show, Mazda has pulled the wraps off of its latest version, high-performance version of the all-new 2016, dubbed the Club Edition. And this is exactly the sort of club that most of our readers want to be in: available with automatic and manual transmission, the MX-5 Club Edition will receive 17-inch gray wheels, 205/45 tires, and quite noticeable front splitters and rear lip spoilers. Aiming for true Miata enthusiasts, Mazda promises to throw in a whole bunch of additional goodies for those who opt for the manual transmission.

The six-speed manual comes with four Bilstein dampers, a limited-slip differential with SKYACTIV-MT and a front shock-tower brace. Need more performance than that? Mazda will also offer an optional package that further includes 17-inch forged lightweight BBS wheels, Brembo front brakes, aerodynamic side sill extensions and a rear bumper skirt, making the car very similar to the striking Chicago Auto Show preview car and MX-5 Global Cup race car. Standard equipment on MX-5 Club models includes MAZDA CONNECT and a 9-speaker Bose audio system.

MX-5 is the heart and soul of Mazda, serving as a beacon for the rest of our lineup with its fun-to-drive dynamics, design and technologies," said Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO in the company's official press release. "Jinba Ittai—oneness between driver and machine—defines the MX-5. It's a philosophy that has led every decision we've made toward bringing the MX-5 back to the basics that made drivers fall in love with it 26 years ago when the first generation debuted."

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